Table 2. Values for independent variables q and pbase in rancher network scenarios.

Low Size Effect High Size Effect
Low Communication Network links are weak, so that risks of being monitored as well as information about costs is poorly communicated. Network links confer little advantage in the way of reducing costs. Network links are weak, so that risks of being monitored as well as information about costs is poorly communicated. Where they do exist, network links significantly help reduce costs, such that some small properties experience costs and limitations similar to larger properties.
High Communication Network links among ranchers are strong so that the risk of being monitored is well communicated and understood. Network links confer little advantage in the way of reducing costs. Network links among ranchers are strong. Network links also help farmers significantly reduce their costs, i.e., through shared labor and equipment, making their effective farm sizes much larger. In this scenario, small ranches experience costs and limitations similar to larger properties, so that there is no real economy of scale.